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Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan

Avoiding Common Fitness Pitfalls


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  • I just did a load of research on this subject. For decades, people said to stretch before and after, but all the most recent, current studies say that you should only stretch after. The author of this article is following outdated information, and needs to fix it.
  • thanks for the article, I just got started and doing well but I tend to over-exercise or do nothing at all. I have to keep reminding myself that I have to build a routine up and start slowly...
  • WANDAC2013
    DO stretch before exercising? I thought the muscles were supposed to be warmed up BEFORE stretching.
  • I agree completely with the need for variety in exercise. Personally, I've developed a lot of friends in (and loyalty toward) the zumba class/instructor I've been involved with since August. So, I felt a little guilty when I started to get bored and feel like skipping it. I had to tell myself that:

    1) there are plenty of people that don't go to the class every session, and they don't feel guilty about it and
    2) as long as I PARTICIPATE in fitness on a regular basis, it doesn't matter what I do or where.

    Once I gave myself permission to try something new, I found a bellydancing class that I'm really excited about (and I'm still going to zumba on the weekends!).
  • Always nice to have a "Sounding Board " to remind you of your Dreams and Goals.. Thankyou...Barbby
  • Good article but you should "warm up" before you stretch or else you risk injury according to what I've read & been taught.
  • I find when I hit a plateau, I try to change my calorie intake, (sometimes more) and I change my workout routine or add to it. This does usually make the numbers on the scale more downward. (I've lost 92 lbs. this way!) Also, when I get the feeling I don't want to exercise, that's when I force myself to because I know it always makes me feel better. I have bouts of mild depression and exercise is my medicine.
  • Great list here! The one I liked best was to choose alternatives when you have a craving. I think that's the key to eating healthfully. You HAVE to eat - it's just a matter of choosing better foods to eat.
  • This is a great article. I can identify with the goal setting part. Sometimes we set up unrealistic goals and when we can't reached them, we despair and then quit. Small goals are easier to reach and makes us feel good, so we can start another until we reach our ultimate goal.
  • VEGEMONSTER, I've heard similar, but I think the idea is that you're not supposed to stretch thoroughly before weight training and things like that. I've read that it IS a good idea to stretch your legs out before running and such. After all, the theory that stretching out cold muscles is bad for you doesn't really make sense. You would be stretching them out by exercising, too. ;o)
  • Very encouraging article.
  • I've read many times that stretching BEFORE exercising (before our muscles are warmed up) is bad because you can hurt yourself by stretching cold muscles and it can also impede performance (which isn't the biggest concern for most of us... most of us aren't performance athletes).

    Just sayin.
  • Thank you for discussing the basics.
  • GRAMMA123
    Just in time: I was beginning to think what a whimp I am. I'm just moving at a reasonable rate!
  • This is a great article! I realize I should be eating smaller meals more often, I tend to eat smaller meals during the day(when my body needs the most calories), then I eat a large dinner. I will try to eat more snacks.

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